Thirteen Year 8 students took part in a girls’ STEM challenge in April 2018, competing against students from nine other Wirral schools. As well as being great fun, there was a serious purpose to the day. The low take-up of girls studying ‘STEM’ subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and then pursuing a related career is a national cause for concern. Events such as this one focus on promoting the value and relevance of ‘STEM’ subjects among girls.
The students were split into teams in order to complete three challenges:
• making the highest tower out of fifteen art straws, capable of supporting as much weight as possible;
• building a model trebuchet to fire an object the furthest distance;
• constructing a roller-coaster to stay upright the longest time.
Miss Geeson said: “This was such a useful and stimulating day, helping to emphasise the importance of STEM subjects. Well done to all the girls who took part. One of our teams, consisting of Molly Davin, Maja Dawidowicz, Chelsea Evans and Isabelle Hutchison, scored enough points to be placed third out of all the teams competing – a huge achievement.”